Sunny San Diego boasts miles of beautiful beaches, but the city has so much more to offer than just sun and sand. From spectacular science museums exploring science and art to animal attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and the Birch Aquarium there's something for everyone. A fan of history or the outdoors? Can't-miss historic sites and numerous parks make the list too.
2929 Zoo Drive
This justifiably famous zoo is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions, showing more than 3000 animals representing more than 650 species in a beautifully landscaped setting.
1492 N Harbor Dr
Three historic ships, two replicas, a submarine and their onboard exhibits form the core of a museum dedicated to the city's maritime history.
500 SeaWorld Drive
With San Diego’s connection to the Pacific Ocean, SeaWorld—which is celebrating its 50th anniversary—remains the signature theme park of America’s Finest City
1450 El Prado
The museum’s diverse collection today includes Italian Renaissance and Spanish Baroque works, 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings and sculpture and a vast Asian collection.
Balboa Park 87
1549 El Prado
The cultural heart of San Diego, Balboa Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country
700 Prospect St
The galleries show edgy rolling exhibitions and include pieces from their collection of more than 4,000 works by the likes of Robert Irwin and Yoshitomo Nara.
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr
When Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first gazed on San Diego Bay in 1542, he called the area “a very good enclosed port
1439 El Prado
This folk art museum occupies six galleries on two levels of a building known since 1934 as the House of Charm.
2001 Pan American Plz
This cavernous museum traces the history of human flight, from the earliest contraptions to military jets, all suspended from the ceiling above interactive, educational exhibits.
2300 Expedition Way
With a glorious setting above La Jolla's coastline, the contemporary Mission-style complex encompasses a state-of-the-art aquarium and the largest museum in the nation devoted solely to oceanography.
200 West Island Avenue
The museum is building a state-of-the-art new facility in San Diego's marina district. Projected date of completion is fall 2007.
10818 San Diego Mission Rd
Mission San Diego is the very first Mission built in what is now the state of California and was built in 1769.
1350 El Prado
The iconic California Building, with its amazing tiled dome and signature bell tower, is where you will find this museum devoted to anthropology.
San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street
The six square blocks on the site of San Diego's original pueblo are the heart of Old Town.